The U.S. Air Force devised a plan to begin phasing the A-10 out in 2015. Retiring the A-10 would have lowered the average age of the service's plane inventory, which was climbing toward 27 years. It would also have freed up funds to invest in new aviation platforms, such as the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, and allowed service maintainers to turn their attention to other planes with a longer expected service life.
But the seemingly logical proposal launched a years-long firestorm when lawmakers, led by former Air Force Col. Martha McSally, rushed to save the beloved plane from mothballs. Years later, the fleet is being refurbished with new wings instead of being sent to the boneyard.
※Joint Strike Fighter:
JSF, a development and acquisition program to replace a wide range of existing fighter.
Facilities for long-term storage of reserve military airplanes.
Aircraft boneyard are generally located in deserts since the dry conditions reduce corrosion.